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State Building Commission approves increased funding for football stadium

Architect schematics from Rufus Johnson Associates show how the APSU football stadium will look after renovations.

The state Building Commission approved Thursday, Feb. 14 to allow Austin Peay State University to spend additional funding of $900,000 for renovations to the Governors Stadium.

The additional funds were required to cover higher than expected construction costs and were provided by private gifts and a one-time plant fund investment, Mitch Robinson, vice president of finance and administration, said. The total expected cost of the project is revised to $16.9 million, he said.  

The entire home side of the 66-year-old stadium is scheduled to be torn down at the end of the 2013 football season and replaced with a new structure that would include skyboxes and about 386 club-level seats. There also would be 5,000 regular seats. The new structure is expected to be open for the 2014 season. Additional renovations will be made to the visitors side. - Dr. Melony Shemberger